What is the link between sinusitis, depression, and sciatica?

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What is the link between sinusitis, depression, and sciatica?

What is the link between sinusitis, depression, and sciatica?

By: Lauren Berendt, L.Ac.

Acupuncture of course!


Acupuncture is one of many modalities that are under the umbrella term Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).  TCM is over 2,500 years old and originated from China. Within the realm of TCM is Qi Gong, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Nutrition and TuiNa (Chinese Medical Massage), Moxibustion, Cupping and Guasha.

TCM is a complete medical system that understands that we are a microcosm of nature.  The TCM practitioner takes to mind how the human body interacts with the environment, including the weather, diet, emotions and the time of day.  TCM is used to diagnose and treat a wide range of disease, as well to prevent illness.  It does so by adjusting the body’s energy back into harmony.

What to expect when you come in for an acupuncture treatment:

It is best to wear loose fitting clothing, and be sure to eat something before your treatment.

The TCM practitioner will review your health history, including your diet, emotions, sleep patterns and energy level.  Then the practitioner will ask you to lay on a massage table so she can feel your pulse and look at your tongue.  She does this as a diagnostic tool which helps her understand where the imbalance of energy resides, and therefore which acupuncture points to use in order to balance the body.

You will either lay on your back, your belly, or a chair depending on your particular ability and your reason for treatment. She will use an alcohol swab to swab your skin where she will be placing acupuncture needles.  She uses thin, sterile, single use filiform (not hollow) needles inserted into acupuncture points on the body.  The needles typically stay in for 15-40 minutes.  You can move a little to scratch or adjust your body if need be as long as it isn’t painful to do so.  The needles are not inserted deeply and you should never feel a sharp or stabbing sensation.  Feeling nothing, dull, achy or heavy is common and is normal.  She will make sure you’re comfortable and may step out of the room to write up your chart while you listen to relaxing music.  She’ll check in with you in about 10 minutes and may proceed with moxibustion, Tuina, CranioSacral, cupping, guasha, Tuina, and/or reiki as needed for your particular treatment.  Once it’s time to take out the needles, they’re comfortably removed and disposed of in a red sharps box.  There are virtually no negative side effects to acupuncture, except an occasional bruise.  She’ll go over any recommendations and that’s it, you’re all set to enjoy the rest of your day!

The conditions that acupuncture can treat is tremendously long.  Several common examples are:

  • Sinusitis
  • Earache
  • Dizziness
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Irritable Bowel SyndromeComposition with needles for acupuncture, close up.
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Infertility
  • Morning Sickness
  • Menopause
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Sciatica
  • Migraine and Headaches
  • Asthma
  • Cold/Flu
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Addiction
  • Chemo/Radiation Side Effects

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